First Grade

In first grade we explore secondary colors, symmetry and tessellations.
I feel that repeating the same theme in different projects helps to reinforce the same elements, without becoming monotonous.


We once again visited the Planet of Secondary this year! The students created aliens that live only on Planet Secondary, they were made up of only secondary colors (orange, violet and green). The students mixed the primary colors together first, then added the color to their aliens. Quite the variety of species live on planet secondary ;-) Take a look:


We did a tree study, specifically the texture of trees. Then, created "yarn" trees (used for the bark/trunk), with foil fall leaves.


We also worked with clay this year, and learned how to create the ever famous...pinch pot!

(Painted in secondary colors of course!)


We also studied tesselations.We created some of our own, and then created puzzles as well. We decided that puzzles were a form of tessellation and when we had completed them we had a puzzle day! We even mixed up 9 puzzles at one time and worked in table groups to put them all back together! A cooperative blast!

We did a lot of work this year with symmetry. Our motto is, "What you do to one do to the other side".

We did a variety of different projects relating to this concept.

First, we made designs on the computers using Kidpix (of course coloring them in using secondary colors).

Then we created ink blot designs using primary colors only and folded the paper in half to create "Wild Rainbow" designs!

We also explored symmetry by making butterflies (which are naturally symmetrical)...and colored them in using colored pencil. WOW! What beautiful coloring, everyone "Took, Their, Time" (The 3 T's of Art)

As stated earlier, we did a lot of work with secondary colors (and reviewed primary too). Here we did the same "shaving cream prints" as Kindergarten (see Kindergarten section for demo!), only this time we used secondary colors...of course!

Finally, we brought it all together with a nice Spring unit on bugs! We created bugs by filling plastic spoons with plaster. When the plaster hardened it was popped out of the spoons to reveal the "bug" shape. Then the children practiced the coloring and design of their bugs using a coloring sheet, and finally created them using the bugs themselves. Of course the only rule was that they had to have one side be a "Primary Bug" and the other side a "Secondary Bug".



Primary Bug (Side 1) -------------------------------------Secondary Bug (Side 2)

Primary Bug (Side 1) -------------------------------------Secondary Bug (Side 2)

Primary Bugs (Side 1) -------------------------------------Secondary Bugs (Side 2)